Projects per year
I am a mixed methods researcher experienced in longitudinal cohort studies, Cochrane systematic reviews, feasibility, pilot and randomised controlled trials of interventions and qualitative methods.
My research interests focus broadly on adolescent development, substance abuse and mental health. Current research interests include building resilience in children living with parental substance abuse; investigating the impact of parental substance abuse on child outcomes (substance use, mental health, educational outcomes); shared education; and supported decision making among those with mental ill health or learning disabilities.
Butler, M., McLaughlin, A., Hayes, D. & Percy, A. (2016-2018). Using the voluntary sector to
support children and families with complex needs- what are the potential benefits and risks?
HSC R&D, Early Intervention Transformation Programme.
McLaughlin, A., Macdonald, G., Percy, A., McLaughlin, K., Higgins, K., O’Neill, T. & Hayes,
D. (2016). Promoting resilience in children and young people affected by parental substance
misuse (PSM): a feasibility study of the Pharos group work programme. HSC R&D, Enabling
McLaughlin.A.,Percy, A., Higgins, K., Perra, O. (2012-2014). Parental Alcohol Use and
Resilience in Young People in Northern Ireland: A Study of Family, Peer & School
Processes. Health and Social Care Research & Development (HSC R&D) Division, Public
Health Agency, NI, Bamford Implementation grant.
O’Neill, T., McLaughlin, A., McCartan, C., Higgins, K. & Gossrau-Breen, D. (2014).
Adolescent alcohol use and school disengagement: investigating alcohol use patterns in
adolescence and pathways to being NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training).
Alcohol Research UK small grant.
Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCann, M., McCartan, C. & McLaughlin, A. (2012-2015). Offending
Behaviour amongst Young People in NI: A Study of Neighbourhood, Family, School and
Peer Processes. Office of the First Minister & Deputy First Minister.
Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCann, M., McCartan, C. & McLaughlin, A. (2012). Parenting and
school level effects: secondary analysis examining alcohol use trajectories in the context of
parental monitoring and school environment. Alcohol Research UK.
McCann, M., Seifert, A., McCartan, C., McLaughlin, A. (2011). Investigating community
gardening as a form of rehabilitation for people with alcohol misuse problems in Northern
Ireland: A pilot study. Alcohol Research UK.
Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCann, M., McCartan, C & McLaughlin, A. (2010-2011). Alcohol
and the Affluence Paradox: A Secondary Analysis exploring the Health Disparities
surrounding Adolescent Alcohol Use and Alcohol Related Harm in Adulthood. Alcohol
Education Research Council.
19/03/2019 → …
R4781SES: Using the voluntary sector to provide services to children and families with complex needs - revised
08/12/2016 → …
Research Output per year
A feasibility study of Barnardo’s Pharos group work programme to build resilience in children affected by parental substance abuse.McLaughlin, A., Devlin, L., Mullan, C., McLaughlin, K., Macdonald, G., O'Neill, T., Higgins, K., Percy, A. & Hayes, D., 2019, p. 11-11. 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Supporting Children and Families with Complex Needs: An Exploration of the Risks and Benefits of Voluntary Sector Service Provision as an Alternative to Statutory ServicesButler, M., McLaughlin, A., Hayes, D. & Percy, A., Jan 2019, Belfast: Queens University Belfast. 68 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Research output: Book/Report › Other report
The Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS): a prospective cohort study of the initiation, persistence and desistance of substance use from adolescence to adulthood in Northern IrelandHiggins, K., McLaughlin, A., Perra, O., McCartan, C., McCann, M., Percy, A. & Jordan, J-A., 23 May 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 5, 18 p., e0195192.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activities per year
Using the voluntary sector to support children and families with complex needs – what are the benefits and risksAndrew Percy (Keynote speaker), Michelle Butler (Advisor), Aisling McLaughlin (Advisor), David Hayes (Advisor)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk